Writing Competitions

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Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Man Up! Creative Writing Competition

The Man Up! Creative Writing Competition is asking for stories and poems from young people aged 15-25. Entries should be inspired by the Man Up! Exhibition, which highlights stories of women of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries stepping into male roles. It’s free to enter. The competition is open to two age categories for poetry […]

The Good Life in Galacia Competition

The Good Life in Galacia Competition is open for poetry entries until August 15th.  Poems must be about Galacia, Spain, and must not exceed 60 lines. Entry fee: Free. Prizes: 1st – €15              2nd – €5  All poems must be available for publication. Full details here.

Val Wood Yorkshire Prize

The Val Wood Yorkshire Prize is an extension of the Val Wood International Prize and is open to story writers from Yorkshire, until August 28th 2021. It’s free to enter. The theme for the Yorkshire Prize is ‘The Good Old Days’. Word count: 2000 words. Prizes: 1st – £100              Plus two concessions of £25 Full […]

Chorus Voice Writing Competition

The Chorus Voice Writing Competition are accepting entries that promote a neighbourhood and, preferably, highlights one or more of its small businesses. Each piece of writing must be roughly 250 words long and must include at least two relevant photographs. Closing date: ongoing – the competition will take place every two weeks. Prize: £250 awarded […]

Periscope Flash Fiction Contest

Periscope are running a Flash Fiction contest of 400 words on the theme of ‘Genius’. Entry fee: £6, then £5 and £4 for additional entries – to a maximum of three per writer Deadline: 30th August Prizes: First place: £800 Second place: £200 Full details here.  

Hampshire Young Poets Competition

The Hampshire Young Poets Competition is open to poets aged 16 and under, until 31st July 2021. Tell us in a poem of no more than 14 lines what your hopes are for the future. Open to young people across Hampshire in three age categories: 4 to 7 years 8 to 11 years 12 to […]

Write About Walking and Listening Competition

The Write About Walking and Listening Competition is hosted by ‘walk · listen · create’, and is open until 8th August 2021. They are accepting poetry or prose in 250 words or under. Entry fee: €6 for one entry or €9 for two entries. However, this can be waived for those unable to afford it. Prizes […]

MONO Poetry Competition

MONO invite you to enter their first poetry competition on the theme of ‘SANITY’. The competition will be judged by acclaimed poet, Padraig Rooney. The theme is open to interpretation and poetry can be formatted in any way. Spoken word welcome. Deadline: Midnight 1st September 2021 Entry fee: up to three poems for a total […]

NAWG Open Short Story and Poetry Competition

The NAWG Open Short Story and Poetry Competition is now open and closes at midnight on 31st August. Categories are Short Story and Poetry. This competition is open to everyone, not just NAWG members. Entry fee: £5 per story or poem, or £10 for three poems. Critiques are also available at £5 per item. Prizes for […]

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition is open to poets from across the globe, until 31st August 2021. Manuscripts can be 16-24 pages in length and must be written in English. Entry fee: €25 Prizes: 1st prize – €1000              2nd prize – €500 Both winners will win a chapbook publication and 25 complimentary copies. […]

Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Competition

The Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Competition is open for short story entries from around the world, until 31st July 2021. Entries must be written in English. Word Limit: 3,000. Prizes: 1st prize – €2,000 and a one-week residency at Anam Cara Retreat.              2nd prize – €500.              Four runners up – €250. All winners and […]

Closed: ‘Passed Down’ Open-Form Writing Competition

The ‘Passed Down’ Open-Form Writing Competition is Exisle’s second writing competition of the year and it is open for entries from around the world. It’s free to enter. Entrants are invited to explore the many things that generations pass down to the next. This can include objects, but also memories, traditions, ideas, beliefs, loves, hates, […]

Five Words Poetry Competition

The Five Words Poetry Competition is a weekly recurring competition. Five words are posted each week on the Ó Bhéal website. Entrants must write a poem, containing all five words, and submit it before the following week. Open to all countries. The competition will run every week until 25th January 2022. First prize: €750 Second […]

Closed: BlackInk New Writing Competition

The BlackInk New Writing Competition is open for short story entries from writers of the African and African Caribbean Diaspora. Free to enter. The story should be fiction, written as prose, previously unpublished and the applicant’s own original idea. Word count: 2000 words maximum. Prize: Two winners will receive £500 and be published in BlackInk […]

Dateline Hastings: 23-09-21 Competition

The Dateline Hastings: 23-09-21 Competition is running as part of Hastings Literary Festival, to offer 12 writers the chance to have their work published, following a unique workshop with experienced editors. Entries can be a mix of fiction and life writing, expressed through poetry or prose. They should feature local, national or international events happening […]

Closed: Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition is open to writers of any skill level until June 28th, 2021. Entrants must write a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end – no cliff-hangers!)  Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered.  First prize: €3000 Full details here. 

Closed: Henshaw Short Story Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open to anyone over the age of 16, until 30th June 2021. Short stories can follow any theme, but must not exceed 2000 words. First prize: £200 Second prize: £100  Third prize: £50 Entry fee: £6  Optional critiques a further £12 Full details here.

The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition is open to poets from all over the world, until July 31st, 2021. Poems can be on any subject and in any style, but must be written in English.  50 lines maximum. 1st prize: £250 2nd prize: £125 3rd prize: £75 Entry fee: £5 per poem. There are offers […]

James Berry Poetry Prize

The James Berry Poetry Prize is open to poets of colour, who are UK residents and have not yet published a book-length collection. It’s free to enter. Closing date: July 1st 2021. Three winners will receive £1000, expert mentoring and their debut collection published. Full details here.

Impress Prize for New Writers 2021

The Impress Prize for New Writers 2021 is open for fiction and non-fiction entries until 13th September 2021. Entrants must write in English and be over 16. Prize: £500 and publication Entry fee: £25 Entry requirements: a book proposal of no more than 1,000 words, a synopsis of no more than 1,000 words and a […]

The Ovacome Writing Competition 2021

The Ovacome Writing Competition 2021 is open to short story writers, aged 18 and over, in the UK. The theme for entries is ‘Connected’. Deadline: 30th September, 2021 Entry fee: £5 1st prize: £250 2nd prize: £50 Waterstones voucher Word count: 2000 maximum Full details here.  

Closed: Parkinson’s Art Charity Poetry Competition

The Parkinson’s Art Charity Poetry Competition is open for entries until 1st July 2021. The theme is ‘Vivid Dreams’.  Entries need to include the poem in written form, alongside a recording of the poet reading the poem (or their appointed reader in case of speech problems).  Word count: 30 lines. 1st prize: Poem featured in […]

Searchlight Awards – Best Children’s Bedtime Story

The Searchlight Awards – Best Children’s Bedtime Story is open to anyone over the age of 16, until 16th August 2021. Entry fee: £9 per story. 1st prize: £300 and publication. The top 10 stories will feature in an electronic pitch book and be sent to numerous literary agents/publishers.  Word limit: 500 words.  Full details […]

Kemper Human Rights Education Essay Contests

The Kemper Human Rights Education Essay Contests are open for entries until 10th December, 2021. There are two competitions, one for high school students in America and one for high school students from other countries. It’s free to enter. First Prize: $2000 Second Prize: $750  Honorable Mention: $250 Word count: 2500 words maximum. Full details […]

SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2021

The SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2021 is open for entries of poetry and prose until 31st August, 2021. Theme: ‘Horizons’. This can be literal, figurative, a celebration of views, a reflection on T.S. Eliot and his work (The Wasteland opened new horizons in poetry) or a broader take on the theme. Prizes for each […]

The Anthology Poetry Award 2021

The Anthology Poetry Award 2021 is open internationally to all poets. Deadline: October 31, 2021. Poems should adhere to the theme ‘Freedom’ and must not exceed 40 lines. The winner will receive €500 and publication in the Anthology Magazine. Entry Fee: €10 per poem – Early bird (until July 31, 2021)                    €15 per poem, until […]

Southam Book Festival’s Flash Fiction Competition 2021

Southam Book Festival’s Flash Fiction Competition 2021 is open to writers over the age of 16, until 4th September 2021. Entries must be no longer than 100 words and must contain the word ‘REVEALED’ Entry fee: £2 per entry or £8 for 6 entries. Prize: £50. Full details here.

Closed: Fingal Poetry Prize 2021

The Fingal Poetry Prize 2021 is open to national and international writers, until midnight on the 30th June. 1st prize: €500 2nd prize: €300 3rd prize: €200 Word count: 40 lines max. Entry fee: €6 Full details here. 

The Bedford Competition 2021

The Bedford Competition is open for short story and poetry entries, from around the world, until 31st October, 2021.  There are extra categories for young people, aged 17-25, and special prizes for Bedford residents.  Word count: Short stories – 3000 words max.                        Poetry – […]

The Glittery Literary Writing Contest

The Glittery Literary Writing Contest will run regularly and the latest is open until 30th June, 2021. There are two categories – the Short Story category and the Long Story category. Entries must be fiction but can be any genre. Short Story Category Word count: 400 words maximum 1st prize: £20, publication and recording 2nd […]

Closed: Chiasmus Short Story Competition

The Chiasmus Short Story Competition follows on from the success of #FlashFiction101 and is open to short story writers around the world. Stories must be exactly 1001 words long and must be written in English. Closing date: 30th June 2021. Entry Fee: £3.50. Prizes: The top three entries will be printed in the journal and […]

Closed: The Aurora Prize for Writing

The Aurora Prize for Writing is a national competition, open to short story and poetry writers, until Monday 7th June 2021. Entry fee:  £9 for first entries, £7 for additional entries Prizes in each category: 1st Prize – £500, feedback from a matched literary agent and membership to Society of Authors. 2nd Prize – £150 […]

Closed: Well’s Festival of Literature 2021

Well’s Festival of Literature is a festival that welcomes literature from all over the world. There are four different categories of competition to enter, all with a closing date of 30th June 2021. Open Poetry  Any subject. 35 lines max. Entry fee: £6  Prizes – 1st: £1,000              2nd: £500              3rd: £250 Short Story Any subject. […]

Fiction Factory First Chapter Competition 2021

The Fiction Factory First Chapter Competition 2021 is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Deadline: 31st July 2021. Maximum word count: 5000 All genres apart from Children’s and Young Adult fiction are accepted. Entries must be in English. 1st prize: £500 and an appraisal Entry fee: £15 early bird (until May 15th)                    £18 standard […]

Closed: Poet of the Year Competition 2021

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition 2021 is open internationally to all adults aged 18 or over. Poetry can be written on any subject and in any style but must not exceed 60 lines. Entry fee: £5 per poem. 1st Prize: £200 2nd Prize: £100 3rd Prize: £50 Closing date: 11 June 2021 More […]

The Winchester Poetry Prize 2021

The Winchester Poetry Prize 2021 is open to anyone aged 16 or over, for poetry on any subject and in any form or style. Entries must not exceed 40 lines. Closing date: 31 July 2021 1st prize: £1000 2nd prize: £500 3rd prize: £250 Entry fee: £5 Full details here.  

Green Stories Writing Competition 2021 (TV/Radio Script)

The Green Stories Writing Competition 2021 (TV/Radio Script) is open to all script writers until 26th August 2021. Scripts can be written for any genre but must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies. It’s free to enter! The winner will receive a free script appraisal and treatment by the Literary […]

Closed: The Poetry London Prize 2021

The Poetry London Prize 2021 is a major international award for a single outstanding poem. Previous winners include many acclaimed poets, including Liz Berry, Niall Campbell, Richard Scott, Eleanor Penny, and Romalyn Ante. Poems must not exceed 80 lines and must be written in English. Deadline: 26 June, 2021 First prize: £5,000 Second prize: £2,000  […]

Closed: Write On Art UK

Write on Art is open to all UK students aged 15-18. Simply pick a piece of art featured on the website and write about it. It’s free to enter and entries are divided into two groups, based on year of study. Word count: Years 10/11 – 400 words max.             […]

Closed: Moth Short Story Prize 2021

The Moth Short Story Prize 2021 is open internationally to anyone over the age of 16, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. Judged by Ali Smith. Short stories must not exceed 5,000 words. Entry fee: €15 per story. Closing date: 30 June 2021. 1st prize: €3,000 2nd prize: week-long writing retreat […]

Closed: Crabbe Poetry Competition 2021

The Crabbe Poetry Competition 2021 is open to anyone born, educated, working or resident in Suffolk. Also open to Suffolk Poetry Society Members. Closing date: June 15, 2021 There is no theme, but poems should be written in English and must not exceed 50 lines. First Prize: £600 Second Prize: £300 Third Prize: £150 Plus, […]

Grindstone Literary Competitions

International Novel Prize Prize for finished or part-finished novels aimed at YA audiences or older, of any genre, judged by a literary agent. Deadlines: 1st April 2021 (Super Early Bird) / 1st July 2021 (Early Bird) / 1st October 2021 (Final Deadline) Entry Fees: £16 (SEB) / 18 (EB) / 20 (FD) (+£8.00 Optional Feedback […]

Closed: Saki Short Story Competition

The Saki Short Story Competition is open until June 30, 2021. Entry Fee: £5 or £12 for three stories 1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £200, 3rd prize: £100. Maximum word count: 3000 words The stories do not have to be in the style of Saki, or about Manning’s Pit, the countryside that he loved as […]

#FlashFiction101

#FlashFiction101 is a monthly flash fiction competition. It’s free to enter. Deadline: midnight on the last day of every month. Each entry must be exactly 101 words. Prize: Set of Tortive Theatre’s Bard Cards. The winner will have their story published online, along with their biography and links to any other work. The winning entry […]

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly short story competition. The closing dates are: 31st January, 30th April, 31st July, 31st October. Open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Entry fees: £5 for the first, £3 for the second, £2 […]

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

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